To ensure the disadvantaged in East Dunbartonshire aren’t forgotten about this Christmas, the Social Work Community Support Team has been gratefully collecting festive donations from colleagues, organisations and the wider public for vulnerable youngsters, families and groups.
The aim is to help ensure every child in East Dunbartonshire has something to celebrate at Christmas. That could mean a present, food parcel or voucher for fresh produce. Recipients include children and young people, families, homeless units, care-experienced young people and small local community groups.
The annual undertaking, entitled, the Children & Families Christmas Project, is supported by Criminal Justice and other Council/HSCP teams, as well as local organisations, businesses, churches, third-sector partners and Glasgow's Spirit of Christmas.
Joint Leader of the Council, Councillor Vaughan Moody, said, “Unfortunately this time of year can be very difficult for some of our local residents and the unprecedented events this year have resulted in even more people facing financial uncertainty. This project ensures that everyone can enjoy a little festive cheer after what has been an extremely challenging year.”
Despite the coronavirus restrictions, there has been overwhelming support from all sectors of the community.
Joint Leader of the Council, Councillor Andrew Polson, added, “The large number of donations received and offers of support are testament to the goodwill and generosity of local voluntary organisations, businesses, residents and Council employees. Our dedicated Social Work Community Support Team has done a fantastic job in organising the collection and delivery of the contributions safely whilst restrictions to manage the pandemic are in place. I’d like to thank everyone involved for their efforts in making this Christmas a special time for everyone in East Dunbartonshire.”